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School of Business

Shared undergraduate business curriculum

  • Accounting, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Business, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), finance, human resource management, management, risk management and insurance, and supply chain management and analytics concentrations
  • Economics, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Information Systems, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Marketing, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), general marketing, integrated marketing communications, personal selling and business marketing, and product and brand management concentrations
  • Real Estate, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Special requirements:

The foundation program specifies course work required during the freshman and sophomore years. Students are eligible for admission into the advanced business program with a major in the School of Business upon meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and successful completion of:

  • A minimum of 54 credits in the foundation program
  • ACCT 203-204 Introduction to Accounting
  • BUSN 201-202 Business Foundations I-II
  • BUSN 225 Winning Presentations
  • ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • INFO 160, 161, 162 and another 16X course
  • SCMA 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business (or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry )
  • UNIV 111 and 112 Focused Inquiry I and II, and UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument (with a minimum grade of C in UNIV 112 and 200)

The admission requirements for the School of Business detail the deadlines for students to be admitted to the advanced business program with a major in the school. At least 30 hours of the required business courses for the Bachelor of Science must be taken at VCU.

Students may need to take additional mathematics courses as prerequisites to SCMA 212 or MATH 200. These credits will count as electives in the foundation program. The sample curriculum outline includes SCMA 171 since many of our students will need to complete this course.

The INFO 160, 161, 162 and 16X requirements may be waived upon successful completion of a Knowledge Equivalency Test administered by the Undergraduate Studies Office. No more than two additional credits may be applied to the degree from the INFO 16x series.

No more than four credits in physical education courses may be applied to the degree.

Advanced business core flexible requirements are determined by the major program of study from the approved lists. See each program for specifics.

PSYC 214 and INTL 493 may not be counted toward a business degree.

Learning goals

The mission of the shared undergraduate business curriculum, in conjunction with universitywide general education requirements, is to provide students the knowledge, skills, opportunities and experiences needed as a framework for the various major programs of study.

The goals of the shared curriculum are to provide students with:

Degree requirements for Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting, business, economics, information systems, marketing and real estate

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

Business Foundation (63 credits)  
  Credits
General education requirements  
   
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)  
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy: SCMA 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytical Geometry 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
   
Business general education requirement (16 credits)  
BUSN 225 Winning Presentations 3
ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
INFO 160 Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices 1
INFO 161 Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I 1
INFO 162 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I 1
INFO 16X software course as specified by major 1
Business general education electives: Select credits from the approved list. 3
   
Additional Business Foundation requirements (23-26 credits)  
ACCT 203 and 204 Introduction to Accounting I and II 6
BUSN 201 and 202 Foundations of Business I and II 6
Electives 11-14
   
Advanced business program (57 credits)  
 
Advanced business core – required for all majors (18 credits)  
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3
MGMT 434 Strategic Management (capstone) 3
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3
SCMA 301 Business Statistics I 3
SCMA 325 Organizational Communication 3
 
Advanced business core – flexible by major (15 credits)
Business law and ethics, as specified by the major 3
Information systems, as specified by the major 3
Interpersonal skills, as specified by the major 3
Quantitative approaches to business, as specified by the major 6
 
Major requirements (24 credits)
   
Total minimum requirement 120

Sample business draft curriculum outline Credits
   
Fall semester, freshman year  
INFO 160 Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices 1
INFO 162 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I 1
SCMA 171 Mathematical Applications for Business 3
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
University Core Education Curriculum approved courses 6-8
Total 14-16
   
Spring semester, freshman year  
BUSN 225 Winning Presentations 3
INFO 161 Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I 1
INFO 16x as specified by major 1
SCMA 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 3-4
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
University Core Education Curriculum approved course 3-4
Total 14-16
   
Fall semester, sophomore year  
ACCT 203 Introduction to Accounting I 3
BUSN 201 Business Foundations I 3
ECON 210 Principles of Economics (micro) 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Business general education elective 3
Total 15
   
Spring semester, sophomore year  
ACCT 204 Introduction to Accounting II 3
BUSN 202 Business Foundations II 3
ECON 211 Principles of Economics (macro) 3
SCMA 301 Business Statistics I 3
Elective 0-3
Law and ethics, as specified by the major 3
Total 15-18
   
Fall semester, junior year  
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3
SCMA 325 Organizational Communication 3
Major course 3
Quantitative approaches to business, as specified by the major 3
Total 15
   
Spring semester, junior year  
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3
Elective 2-3
Information systems, as specified by the major 3
Interpersonal skills, as specified by the major 3
Major course 3
Total 14-15
   
Fall semester, senior year  
Electives 3
Major courses 9
Quantitative approaches to business, as specified by the major 3
Total 15
   
Spring semester, senior year  
MGMT 434 Strategic Management 3
Electives 3
Major courses 9
Total 15
   
Total minimum requirement 120

Business general education electives

Additional University Core Education Curriculum approved courses
Any AFAM, ANTH, ANTZ, ARTH, BIOL, BIOZ, CHEM, CHEZ, CRJS, DANC, ENGL, ENVS, FRSC, FRSZ, GEOG, GEOZ, HIST, INNO, INSC, INTL (except INTL 493), MASC, MATH, PHIL, PHYS, PHYZ, POLI, PSYC (except PSYC 214), RELS, SOCS, SOCY, USRP or WRLD course
Any foreign language course
Any honors-designated course taught outside of the School of Business
Any of the following UNIV courses:
UNIV 211 Food for Thought
UNIV 213 The Truth about Lying
UNIV 217 Finding Your Voice in Contemporary Society
UNIV 222 Pseudoscience
UNIV 299 What’s the Big Idea?

Approved flexible advanced business core courses

Business law and ethics
SCMA 323 Legal Environment of Business (unless otherwise specified)

Business major with risk management and insurance/corporate concentration: FIRE 459 Insurance Law
Business major with risk management and insurance/financial planning concentration: SCMA 323 Legal Environment of Business or FIRE 459 Insurance Law
Information systems major: INFO 323 Ethical, Social and Legal Issues in Information Systems
Real estate major: FIRE 325 Real Estate Law

Information systems
INFO 360 Business Information Systems (unless otherwise specified)

Accounting major: ACCT 307 Accounting Systems
Information systems majors: INFO 361 Systems Analysis and Design

Interpersonal skills
MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior (unless otherwise specified)

Accounting major: ACCT 409 Research and Communication for the Accounting Profession, BUSN 400 Principles of Consulting, BUSN 401 International Consulting Practicum or MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior
Business major with finance, risk management and insurance, or supply chain management and analytics concentrations: MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior or SCMA 329 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Economics major: ECON 300 Contemporary Economic Issues
Information systems major: INFO 461 Systems Analysis and Design
Marketing major with personal selling and business marketing concentration: MKTG 335 Personal Selling
Real estate majors: MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior, MGMT 329 Introduction to Intercultural Communication or MKTG 335 Personal Selling

Quantitative approaches to business (6 credit hours)
ECON 303 Managerial Economics and SCMA 320 Productions/Operations Management (unless otherwise specified)

Accounting majors (choose two from): ACCT 408 Accounting Decision Analysis, ECON 303 Managerial Economics, SCMA 302 Business Statistics II and SCMA 320 Productions/Operations Management
Business major with finance or risk management and insurance concentrations: FIRE 312 Financial Modeling and FIRE 317 Investments
Business major with human resource management or management concentrations: SCMA 302 Business Statistics II and SCMA 320 Productions/Operations Management
Economics major: ECON 403 Mathematical Economics or SCMA 320 Productions/Operations Management
and ECON 501 Introduction to Econometrics or SCMA 302 Business Statistics II
Information systems majors: INFO 320 Business Intelligence and Data Mining and SCMA
302 Business Statistics II
Marketing major: MKTG 310 Information for Marketing Decisions and SCMA 302 Business Statistics II or SCMA 320 Productions/Operations Management
Real estate major: FIRE 312 Financial Modeling and SCMA 302 Business Statistics II

 

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